Our headquarters are located in the Observatory Mountain Engineering Research Facility (OMERF), the former UVA nuclear reactor. From UVA Grounds, take McCormick Road uphill, past the OHill dining hall, Slaughter Recreation Center, and the Lile-Maupin, Watson-Webb, and Balz-Dobie dorms. Turn right onto Old Reservoir Road. The OMERF is all the way at the end of Old Reservoir Road. You can park in either the upper or lower lot with BRMRG or OMERF permission. Our office is locked at all times unless someone is there, so let us know if you're coming!
Gilmer Hall is the long biology and psychology building at the corner of McCormick Road and Alderman Road (address 485 McCormick Road), and it's where we'll conduct our weekly indoor trainings in the Spring semester of 2022. If you are driving to this location, there is free parking available after 5:00 pm south of this building near the Stadium, as well as in a few smaller lots in the area. The spaces directly in front of the building are largely reserved.
Observatory Hill has a network of trails for hiking and mountain biking. When we're not going somewhere special, we use this area to learn and practice basic SAR skills. To get there from UVA Grounds, take McCormick Road uphill, past the OHill dining hall, Slaughter Recreation Center, and the Lile-Maupin, Watson-Webb, Balz-Dobie, and Kellogg dorms. At the crest, turn right (toward the observatory) to stay on McCormick Road and continue uphill. After the two water towers and around the bend, there is a small parking area on the left near a trailhead and entrance to the fire road. That's where we meet. If you reach the Observatory (or start going back downhill) you've gone too far!